What would you do if late one night your loved one shouted, “Don’t let the midget out of the wardrobe”? Based on the side-splitting viral blog of the same name, Sleep Talkin’ Man attempts to answer this question, delivering outrageous musings from a sleep talker’s subconscious.
Sleep Talkin' Man
978-0-8021-7093-4 • $16.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2013
“Talking in your sleep was never so funny. . . . [Adam Lennard’s] nighttime alter-ego is rude and crude and certainly sounds insane.” Nick Watt, ABC News (Online)
Adam Lennard had never been a sleep talker until, one fateful night three years ago while deep in slumber, he yelled the words, “Enough with the cheese! Enough!” From that night forward, Adam’s exclamations grew exponentially in topic, crudeness, and downright hilarityand thankfully for the tens of thousands of readers who now follow their popular blog, his wife, Karen Slavick-Lennard, had the good sense to write it all down.
Sleep Talkin’ Man is the true story of Adam, a mild-mannered Englishman with a wild nocturnal life, quite possibly an entire separate personality, known only as Sleep Talkin’ Man. Prone to hilariously hostile outbursts and “relentless ego-wanking,” as his American wife Karen terms it, and with notable fixations on both real and invented wildlife (“Vampire penguins? Zombie guinea pigs? We’re done for. . . . done for.”); scatology (“Today’s a bad day to be my underpants, that’s for sure.”); his own greatness (“No one asks to be born. But everyone thanks god I was.”); and the evils of both lentils and vegetarianism (“You know, it would be easier to kill the vegetarians than invite them to dinner. Bloody fucking lentils.”), Sleep Talkin’ Man has for the last few years had his questionable wisdom captured on audio and shared with the world in the Sleep Talkin’ Man viral blog.
An uproarious combination of insult comedy, context-free riffing, and the purely absurd, Sleep Talkin’ Man comprises the best quotes and exchanges from the blog, never-before-seen material from Karen’s trove of audio files, as well as essays telling the story of their meeting and relationship, the impact of Sleep Talkin’ Man’s manifestation on their lives and those of friends and family, how Sleep Talkin’ Man resembles and, more importantly, differs from Adam’s waking personality, and describing the community of sleep talkers and sleepwalkers who have emerged around the blog.